Industry Overview

The future transport and mobility sector is characterised by shifts from ownership to 'usership', transportation to mobility, and internal combustion engines to electric powertrains.

Key sectors within Australian future transport and mobility include:

Three Key Sectors in Future Transport and Mobility

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
The development and deployment of advanced information and communications technologies to deliver safer, more efficient and environmentally sustainable transport across public and private modes.2

Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)
Vehicles that connect and communicate wirelessly with other parts of the transport network, including other vehicles, infrastructure and road users, or those with higher levels of automation to complete driving tasks such as braking, turning and changing lanes with minimal or no human intervention.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
The evolution of car and ride-share into user-centric, multimodal mobility services that include public transport and emerging first and last-mile mobility options.

Australia is committed to leveraging these technologies to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of its transport system. The country offers a welcoming environment for both domestic and international companies looking to research, develop and trial innovative new technologies and solutions.

Market snapshot:
  • The Australian future transport market was valued at $211.2 million in 2016 with the industry expected to generate more than $16 billion in revenue by 2025.3
  • The cellular connectivity market for passenger cars in Australia was valued at $117.8 million in 2016.
  • Australian governments are taking a nationally consistent approach. Regulatory reform balances safety with emerging new automated vehicle technologies, so that technologies can be developed and adopted as soon as possible.
Innovation highlights:
  • Sydney-based Baraja has developed a 3D machine vision system for CAVs using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.
  • Tritium is manufacturing and supplying world-leading electric vehicle charging infrastructure to Europe and North America.
  • Australian companies such as Seeing Machines are collaborating with Volvo Trucks Australia, Ron Finemore Transport and Monash University to deliver the first industry-led Cooperative Research Centre program studying heavy vehicle driver behaviour in a naturalistic on-road setting.
  • Major OEM carmakers and suppliers such as Audi, Bosch, Hyundai, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are trialling semi-autonomous vehicles on Sydney and Melbourne's intra-city motorways.
  • Emerging automated vehicle providers such as Navya, EasyMile, Aurrigo and Local Motors are trialling and demonstrating their technologies in partnership with Australian universities, local companies and transport authorities.

Why Australia?

Australian future transport market set to generate
more than $16 billion
in revenue by 20254

The iMove cooperative research centre
boasts 44
industry, government and research partners

Future Transport Digital Accelerator
launched by Transport for NSW

Nationally consistent
automated vehicle regulation
to come into play by 20205

connected and automated vehicle trials underway with more to come6

Supportive communications infrastructure:
5G development, satellite positioning upgrades and dedicated bandwidth

Transport authorities are committed to
open datasets for commercial use